Summer Intern Spotlight – Bennett Marlow

Bennett photoBy Madison Croxson

As the summer season rages on at RLF and new projects emerge daily, we are grateful to have our innovative, hardworking interns on hand. They have now reached the midway point of the internship program, and we have enjoyed watching them sharpen their skills and become more entwined in our company culture.

Each of our interns has the opportunity to work in different disciplines on a variety of client accounts. Learn more about them and their experience thus far at RLF in our 2017 Intern Spotlight Summer Series.

Our second featured intern of the summer is Bennett Marlow.

“I’m a junior at North Carolina State University and I’m majoring in communications with a concentration in media. I’ve lived in Greensboro my whole life and I love dinosaurs.”

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Summer Intern Spotlight – Jessie Grady

Jessie Grady

Jessie Grady

By Madison Croxson

In the modern job market, it’s all about who you know and what you’ve done. That is one of the reasons why RLF strives to hire new interns every 3 to 4 months and give them access to the hands-on experience and industry contacts they need to help them succeed after college. The other half of the equation is the unmatched energy and fresh eyes that our interns always bring to the team.

Each of our interns has the opportunity to work in different disciplines on a variety of client accounts. Learn more about them and their experience thus far at RLF in our 2017 Intern Spotlight Summer Series.

Our first featured intern of the summer is Jessie Grady.

“I am from the Cleveland, Ohio…where we “Believe in The Land and Defend The Land.” I graduated from the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. I love a good book and watching Serena Williams slay the court. And if you were wondering, yes, I still root for The Cleveland Browns.”

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The Bookshelf – The Perfect Mile

The Perfect Mile CoverBy Monty Hagler

(Part of a a continuing series on the books that made the journey to our new office.)

Let’s start with the fact that I’m a swimmer, not a runner. I’m not even fond of walking. So many people are surprised to see The Perfect Mile in my office. This book by Neal Bascomb recounts how the English runner Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute-mile barrier at a track meet on May 6, 1954.

While the task at hand was on the athletic field, I’ve drawn multiple lessons from the story of this historic accomplishment:

If you’re stuck, change your routine

Bannister was a great runner for many years, but he and every other runner chasing the 4-minute-mile kept coming up short. Under the guidance and workout routines of a new coach, Bannister adopted different training techniques that allowed him to build up both his stamina and his speed.

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How to lose clients and kill your reputation

By David French

My spouse and I traveled recently to the British Virgin Islands. After we returned, I wrote TripAdvisor reviews of several restaurants we visited. All the reviews were brief and favorable, except for this one:useful vegetables lie on a plate

We were so looking forward to a wonderful dinner in one of the most spectacular settings on the West End. Food was simply OK for the price, and service was terrible. Entrees arrived +45 minutes after we ordered, and several tables who were seated after us were served and finished before we ever got our food.

And the restaurant owner’s response:

You are on holiday. It’s evening. It’s beautiful weather and a ” spectacular setting. ” Why can’t you spend an hour having dinner? Are you really that important? International calls flowing in requiring your attention? Big deals brewing?

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Spring Intern Spotlight: Wesley Gray Smith

Wesley and office dogsThe best way to learn many skills is not through a classroom or a lecture, but through hands-on experience. That’s why we feel it is so important that our interns get to the opportunity to try as many facets of life in a PR firm as possible, whether its helping to research costs for a new campaign idea, drafting news releases or participating in our social activities.

This spring, we have two interns working with us. This week, we introduce you to Wesley Gray Smith.

“I am a senior public relations and history major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m originally from Shelby, North Carolina. It’s a small town famous for bluegrass and delicious BBQ.”

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The Bookshelf – Atlas Shrugged

img_5310By Monty Hagler

(Part of a continuing series on the books that made the journey to our new office.)

“Who is John Galt?”

I find that people either immediately know the opening sentence to Atlas Shrugged or have no idea why it would take nearly 1,100 pages to answer that question.

In the summer of 1986, I had plenty of free time for reading. I was lifeguarding and coaching a swim team, and the smart people I knew (like John and David Hood) kept referring to Ayn Rand’s Objectivism philosophy. I dove in, and Atlas Shrugged still sits on my office bookcase 30 years later.

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The Bookshelf – Undaunted Courage

By Monty Hagler

(Part of a continuing series on the books that made the journey to RLF’s new office space)

My father gave me a copy of Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose in 1996. The book focuses on the Lewis & Clark expedition to explore the American West and bring back a weimg_5299alth of knowledge that transformed our country and confirmed the incredible value of Thomas Jefferson’s deal for the Louisiana Purchase.

Ambrose captures how difficult the task was in 1803 as the expedition had to overcome numerous obstacles. Malaria. Leaking canoes. Hostile Indian tribes. Unnavigable rivers. Paralyzing cold. Grizzly bears. Lost supplies. But nothing could stop the small, determined Corp of Discovery. They pushed forward. Took notes on botany, geography, ethnology and zoology. Filled journals with observations on weather, rocks and people. Discovered and described 178 new plants and 122 species and sub-species of animals. Drew maps and recorded the most direct, convenient route across the continent.

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